On The Job: January to July 2014


OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL DOLLAR WATCH
City Savings To Date: $54,561,077

In 2013, audits and evaluations by the Office of Inspector General identified $9.9 million in city costs that could have been avoided.  OIG criminal investigations uncovered fraud schemes with the potential loss of $14.4 million.  The total $24.3 million in savings identified in 2013 represents a return of investment of 8.1 for the OIG net budget of $3 million.

From January - July, 2014, audits by OIG  and implementation of our recommendations resulted in an estimated city savings of $551,077, not including potential economic loss prevented (PELP) as a result of investigations.


OIG AUDITS NOPD CRIME STATS, EVALUATES POLICE STAFFING AND DEPLOYMENT 

An audit which identified New Orleans Police Department misclassification of forcible rapes and an evaluation of NOPD staffing and deployment were among five reports, three follow-ups, and one public letter and two audit  letters released by OIG in the first seven months of 2014. Learn More

 


NOPD DEPLOYMENT WEBCHAT CONNECTS OIG STAFF WITH CITIZENS

The May 28 release of the Inspector General's report "New Orleans Police Department Staffing and Deployment: Meeting the Demand of Citizen Calls for Service with Existing Resources" stirred much community discussion. As the city pledged to raise the size of NOPD to 1,600 officers and the public complained about slow police response time, the IG studied manpower.  Learn More

INSPECTOR GENERAL QUATREVAUX SHARES REPORT DETAILS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS

Ed Quatrevaux speaks to the NEW CITY Neighborhood Partnership on May 28.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux was a guest speaker at community meetings hours after his office released New Orleans Police performance reports. On May 14 Quatrevaux addressed the Faubourg Lafitte Tenants Association monthly meeting and told them about the findings of his audit of NOPD forcible rape reporting to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report.   Learn More
OIG HELPS BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
 

Inspector/Evaluators Elizabeth Pape and Devang Panchal offer meetings with boards and commissions to explain the work of the OIG and go over its "Guide for City of New Orleans Boards, Commissions, and Public Benefit Corporations."

The guide includes legal requirements and recommended practices for the operation of public boards and commissions.

OIG ROLE IN C. RAY NAGIN CASE ACKNOWLEDGED 

On July 9, United States District Judge Helen G. Berrigan sentenced former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin to 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy, bribery, honest services, wire fraud, money laundering, and tax violations.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana acknowledged the New Orleans Office of Inspector General its work in the investigation.

"NOLAOIG discovered financial discrepancies when it conducted an evaluation of the City's Crime Camera System in 2009," stated Ed Quatreveaux, Inspector General for the City of New Orleans.  "The joint FBI-NOLAOIG investigation into those discrepancies eventually led to the convictions of Greg Meffert, Mark St. Pierre, and the former mayor.  NOLAOIG will continue its work to root out fraud and abuse in City operations to protect the City from those who would defraud it."

Read the entire news release from the U.S. Attorney's office here.


GET TO KNOW US

  

In each newsletter, we'll introduce you to a member of our staff to learn who are, what we do, and why we chose a career investigating city government to try to make our home a better place.

In our first installment of GET TO KNOW US, meet Forensic Auditor Dan Pattison, CPA, CFE, who takes part in our question and answer session. Learn More

WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON NEXT

Look for upcoming audits on the NOPD measuring performance on payroll internal controls, the evidence room, and reporting of robbery statistics.

On September 3, OIG will release its strategic plan for 2015-2018 to the public.  Watch for it on our website, nolaoig.org.

We're also in the process of redesigning our website to help us better share the ongoing work of OIG to create a more effective, efficient city government free of fraud and waste. 

                   To schedule Mr. Quatrevaux to speak to your group contact:
                                                 
Laura Paul 504.344.4884       
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